Run wild indoors when it’s cold outside

It’s cold outside! The best indoor playgrounds in Winterthur and Zurich

Luckily, these days there are numerous indoor playgrounds and places with great activities for both children and adults.

Is the slide at the local park covered by a layer of snow? Has the football pitch turned into an ice rink overnight? And more importantly, is an icy wind blowing, freezing your kids’ fingers and toes and making their noses run? Then it’s time to get your little ones inside where’s it’s nice and warm.

Freestyle Halle
Formel Fun

Here are the region’s best indoor playgrounds:

Formel Fun – Bülach ZH

Bülach’s otherwise drab industrial district is home to a real gem: Formel Fun. True to its name, it really is a formula for fun. This “children’s play center with a stylish lounge” is the perfect place for kids to let off steam. The main attraction is a colorful climbing area with numerous platforms. Equally popular is the go-cart arena, where children can race each other in electric go-carts. Then there’s the enormous trampolines, a laser maze and a well-equipped area for toddlers. The toddler area is right next to the lounge, where parents can enjoy a coffee or a glass of prosecco. There’s also a healthy, high-quality lunch menu with dishes such as homemade pasta and hot dogs. In short, Formel Fun is a great place to escape a nasty winter day. Please note, it’s not particularly cheap but the service is fantastic.


Starbie – Dietikon ZH

At the Starbie indoor playground in Dietikon, children up to the age of 12 can look forward to a paradise of bouncy castles, slides, building areas, mazes, climbing walls and more. Adults can play too – or enjoy a coffee at the Starbie Bistro. And the best part? It’s open 365 days a year.


Kletterzentrum Gaswerk – Schlieren ZH

If you enjoy climbing and want to take things to the next level, head to Schlieren. There you’ll find the Gaswerk climbing center, the largest rock climbing hall in Switzerland, which is also as “cozy as your living room”. Children who enjoy sports will learn about balance, gravity and how to use their bodies to make it to the top. They will also learn about trust, as their parents keep a tight grip on their climbing rope while they clamber from one climbing hold to the next.

Gaswerk also runs the ultra-modern Milandia climbing hall in Greifensee.


Freestyle Halle – Zurich

Cool kids on skateboards, BMX bikes and stunt scooters enjoy meeting up at the Freestyle Halle at Werdhölzli, just outside Zurich. Freestyle boasts about 1,000 square meters for skating and riding, navigating obstacles and practicing new tricks, plus there’s a bar where friends can take a break and order a noodle soup. Special times are reserved for small children, before the big kids are allowed to come back and rock the hall again. Parents are also welcome, but kids aged about seven and older generally prefer it if they sit up in the grandstand  – after all, parents can be pretty uncool!

Gemeinschaftszentren – Zurich

Gemeinschaftszentren (community centers), popularly known as GZs by the locals, are municipal facilities in Zurich envied by parents all over Switzerland. Every district has a place where families meet and children play, and which hosts an annual program of events ranging from painting, theater, flea markets, brunches, turnip lantern carving, candle making and much more. The GZs also offer social support in the form of parental consultations. The cafés, play areas and indoor adventure playgrounds at the local centers attract lots of parents and children, particularly during the cold months of the year.


Wunderland – Winterthur

Wunderland moved to a new location in Winterthur in July 2017 and now boasts an impressive 3,000 square meter space filled with fun indoor activities. Kids big and small can look forward to trampolines, an obstacle course, climbing wall, baby corner, maze, go-carts and much more. The in-house bistro – which has a bit of a canteen feel – serves frankfurters, chicken nuggets, spaghetti, hamburgers, cake and ice cream to refuel hungry children of all ages.


Fantasy Golf – Winterthur

The black light mini golf course is one of the many highlights of the Piratolino indoor play center in Winterthur. And for good reason: the fluorescent colors, strange sounds, optical illusions and illuminated 3D images will make you feel like you’re on another planet. This cosmic world covers 500 square meters and features 18 mini golf holes. It’s particularly popular among teenagers.


LazerFun – Winterthur

Duck down, hide, otherwise you’ll be hit! At LazerFun, action fans armed with a “phaser” (an electronic light beam) and a special vest sneak around a foggy maze filled with lots of good place to hide. The game is called LaserTag and the aim is to hit your opponents and steal their precious points. To play, kids must be at least eight years old and more than 130 cm tall.


Tüftellabor – Zug

Research, design, build, test, experiment and invent things. Tüftellabor gives adolescents and children from the age of nine professional coaching to help them develop their ideas. The lab offers a wide range of themes, materials and technologies. Taster visits are offered during regular opening hours and kids and teenagers can sign up for a beginner course if they are interested.


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February, 2018

An article by:
Nicole Gutschalk und Andrea Bornhauser
Our favorite thing is to take our children exploring in the most beautiful spots around our home city of Zurich. Together, we run the online platform, where we share fashion, lifestyle, food and travel tips with modern families.
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